9PM, TDT ★★1/2

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

This Mar­vel block­buster starts out fast, fu­ri­ous and funky – let’s go to the 1970s, ev­ery­one! – be­fore fiz­zling out to a forced, flat ef­fort. De­signed as a joint ven­ture to bring us the best of both X-Men worlds (the Pa­trick Stewart-led orig­i­nal series and the new James McAvoy one), the sto­ry­line grad­u­ally gets caught up in an in­co­her­ent tan­gle from which it can never prop­erly free it­self. The best part about Wolver­ine (Hugh Jack­man) tak­ing an ur­gent time­travel trip to Water­gate-era Wash­ing­ton is when he briefly crosses paths with su­per­fast slacker Quick­sil­ver (Evan Peters). A big cast labours hard, but not al­ways for the greater good. Ef­fects work can be breath­tak­ing at times, as ex­pected. Co-stars Jen­nifer Lawrence as Mys­tique, Michael Fass­ben­der and Ellen Page.

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